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According to the book The Last Party: Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock
by John Harris, this song was written about the fall of the Iron Curtain and taken up as an anthem by bomber pilots during the first Gulf War. The song reflected the optimism felt around the free world as nations came together. A good indicator of this attitude is the Doomsday Clock, which is run by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to indicate how close the world may be to destruction at any given time. In 1947, the clock was set at 7 minutes to midnight, but in 1953, when the US and USSR tested nuclear devices, the clock reached 2 minutes to midnight as nuclear war loomed. Tensions eased in the '70s and the clock moved back, but the cold war brought the clock to 3 minutes in 1984. In, 1991, which was the year when the US and USSR signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and destroyed many nuclear weapons, the clock was moved to 17 minutes, which is the farthest it has ever been to midnight. In 2007 it was at 5 minutes.
In the United States, this was the only hit for Jesus Jones, but in their native England they had several other hits, including "International Bright Young Thing" and "The Devil You Know."
The message of hope makes this a popular song for political candidates, and Hillary Clinton used it during her 2008 campaign.
Band leader Mike Edwards told the Guardian newspaper August 9, 2003: "With hits around the world we became famous for a few years. At the start of 1990 I wrote a song called Right Here, Right Now, a title I disliked but intended to change before the final recording. Thirteen years later, I'm still making a living from that title, even if Fatboy Slim's identically titled song may have eaten into my action."